Taught course

Public Administration

Queen Mary, University of London · Business Management

Entry requirements

We are looking for people at any stage in their career who are thoughtful, intellectually curious, hard-working, ambitious and serious about developing their understanding of public management.

You must have a 2-1 or equivalent grade from your first degree, from a recognised university.

If your first language is not English, then we do require that you demonstrate a score of IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.0 in writing.

You will normally have three years’ working experience, typically in the public services or in a private company or voluntary organisation which provides public services or which provides consultancy to public authorities. Commonly, you will be a junior or middle manager, or perhaps you may be a professional who wants to move into managerial work. However, we will consider applications from people with experience in commercial or charitable work who plan to switch their career direction toward public management. In exceptional cases, we can waive the requirement for three years’ working experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The Queen Mary Master of Public Administration (MPA) reflects our understanding of the vital importance of public sector management and our special expertise in providing management education to governments and the public services. In recent years, Queen Mary has made major investments in expanding our academic expertise in public management and policy. These investments have made the university a major international centre for public management education and research on public services and public policy.

Internationally, the demand for MPAs has increased during the last ten years. The effect of the global economic crisis has increased the demand for public managers who understand how to respond to imperatives for greater value for money, improved performance management and stronger financial accountability, and who appreciate the complex trade-offs involved in policy implementation.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
N/A months
N/A months
part time
N/A months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

James Boote, Recruitment and Marketing Officer
+44 (0)20 7882 8569